when ivo arrived in the usa four years ago with the intention of broadening his rock music horizon, he landed straight in the arms of top producer neil dorfsman who has worked with greats like sting, paul mc cartney and dire straits. the result was “all in all”, a debut album which attracted attention far beyond the alpine range and received much critical acclaim. the hit single “new day” was a breakthrough for the likeable newcomer from central switzerland, and squatted the radio landscape for months. as well as many club concerts, ivo and his band have featured on the main program of well-known open air concerts and major festivals in front of more than 100’000 people.
his distinctive voice and the quality of his beautiful rock-tracks and -ballads have been demonstrated on 2 major european tours, supporting 'lisa stansfield' and columbian superstar 'shakira'.
since then, ivo has been writing songs for his new album, which was recorded during most of 2005. together with the renowned new york song writer jeff coplan, with english lyrics and international sounds, ivo’s remarkable voice and songwriting–ability have created a musical context which is well worth listening to. two single-releases “somebody new” and “hold on” were mixed by world-class engineer chris lord-alge, who rarely has a week without any of his work in the u.s.- or u.k.-charts. his second single "she's the reason" reached top 30 airplay charts in switzerland as well as “hold on”.
the new album “closer” doesn’t sound like something we’ve heard before - on the contrary it is unbelievably fresh and unrestrained, and captivates the listener track after track.
so be prepared for music that isn’t limited to the swiss audience - because this is music for the world! and be prepared for somebody whose acknowledged intention is to reach everybody who loves great songs, meaningful lyrics, sensitive arrangements and powerful performance! be prepared for ivo!
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